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FW: Willow Road speed limit enforcement

From: domainremoved <Mark>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:39:52 +0000

Dear Menlo Park City Council Members - please see the letter below that was sent nearly one year ago. Mr. Mueller was kind enough to respond at the time although the police chief never did. Sadly, there has been no noticeable change.

Willow Road from Coleman to Middlefield remains a residential street with a 25 MPH speed limit that appears to go largely unenforced. Where are the patrols? Why no "your speed is" reminder signs? Other enforcement? Willow Road on the west side of Middlefield has speed humps to ensure speed reduction. There has been no noticeable action taken. How can we work with you, our City Council, to effect a change? Residents on our street deserve the protection/speed limit enforcement as much as any others throughout Menlo Park.

Please, we are looking to you - the folks we helped to elect - to address this issue.

Thank you!
Mark McBirney
650 2231339

From: Mark McBirney
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 1:42 PM
To: 'policechief_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: 'RDMueller_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Willow Road speed limit enforcement

Dear Chief Johnson -
My name is Mark McBirney, a 30 year resident of Menlo Park at the corner of Willow Road and Nash Avenue. A number of Willow Road residents including myself, have, in past years, fought very hard to have a 25MPH residential speed limit in place consistent with the residential zoning and land use along this road.

Night time speed limits appear to be very loosely/not-at-all enforced. Many cars will accelerate hard leaving the traffic lights at either Gilbert going westbound or Middlefield going eastbound and travel at speeds I would estimate at 40-60MPH. Rarely do I see any patrols nor cars stopped for speeding. This creates an extremely dangerous situation for residents. I know, a car crossed the median going eastbound and crashed into our fence on the north side of Willow a couple of years ago.

I am copying Council Member Ray Mueller as I have communicated with him about my concerns over traffic speed as well as non-Menlo Park congestion (but that is another issue) and have appreciated his support in this.

Thank you in advance for stepping up enforcement to ensure Willow Road residents are provided the safety of a 25MPH residential speed limit like any other residential street in Menlo Park.

Mark McBirney
Office 650 725-9238
Cell 650 223-1339
Received on Mon Mar 06 2017 - 12:42:23 PST

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